Week of February 12, 2018 (see last week)
Lock and Unlock Your Credit Report Free
In an effort to mend its image after last year's big data breach, Equifax is now allowing consumers to easily lock and unlock their credit report free for life with its Lock & Alert service. This is different from a freeze (see story explaining the differences). Trans Union also is offering a similar free service called TrueIdentity. Experian has nothing like this for now.
Study: Bogus Sales Prevalent at Major Retailers
Consumers Checkbook tracked the selling prices of 20 items at 19 major national retail chains for up to 10 months to see how often those items were "on sale." The results: JCPenney, Kmart, Kohl's, Macy's, and Sears offered those items at sale prices more than 75 percent of the time. And the other chains weren't much better. Of course, this study highlights the fact that when goods are always on sale, you are never really saving any money.
Unordered Amazon Products Pile Up at Homes of Befuddled Customers
Imagine getting box after box of merchandise from Amazon that you didn't order [autoplay warning] and never getting a bill. One couple says it is a scheme to have fake five-star reviews posted in their name.
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Mouse Print* -- L.L. Bean Cuts Their Lifetime Guarantee Short
For the past 100 years or so, L.L. Bean had a completely open-ended 100% satisfaction guarantee. That tradition came to an end last week, along with their unlimited free shipping policy.
That story is in Mouse Print* this week.
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Bargain of the Week
Two Dozen Roses for $19.99 w/coupon for Amazon Prime Customers
Whole Foods is offering two dozen roses for $24.99 until February 14, but with this coupon, Amazon Prime customers will get $5 off.
$3.99/Half Dozen Roses at Aldi
If you have an Aldi (grocery) near you, rose bouquets with six roses are only $3.99 starting on February 11.
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Samsung and Roku TVs Vulnerable to Hacking
According to Consumer Reports, several brands of HDTVs have security flaws that make them targets for hackers. And some of the brands are collecting data about you! Here's the story.
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